Weather forecasters expect more rain to lash Preston tonight but the River Ribble is not expected to burst its banks.Advertisement
The Met Office has issued a yellow warning of more rain being due overnight in Lancashire and with rivers already at high levels emergency services are bracing themselves for another busy night.
The River Ribble at Walton-le-Dale and Avenham Park both had flood warnings in place from the Environment Agency until early Saturday evening.
Some properties in Penwortham were evacuated on Friday night by fire crews but the majority of people have been allowed to return home.
Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service issued a statement on Saturday morning saying they received over 400 calls between Friday morning and Saturday morning due to the weather.
Fire chiefs are now advising people to be prepared and only use 999 in an emergency.
A spokesman said: “The fire service is asking the public to only call 999 in an emergency. If people are trapped in a property or their home has been severe affected by flooding Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service will send the appropriate response. The Service however will not been able to deal with flooded roadways or gardens.”
The severe weather has forced the annual Preston Mela festival, a celebration of Asian culture, to be moved into the Guild Hall.
Preston City Council tweeted due to the bad weather it would take place in the city centre venue rather than Avenham Park.
Flood advice and useful numbers/websites
Environment Agency website – River Ribble
Floodline Number is 0845 988 1188
Fire service flooding safety guide
Image credit to Chris Idaho
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